This week Brussels Airlines announced that The Smurfs would become their 5th Belgian icon to be displayed on their new A320 aircraft due to be launched in March 2018. Upon hearing this news, I decided to explore Aeroplane Super Smurf first released by Schleich in 1982 right through to 1999.
If you are the kind of collector who tries to buy pieces to complete their Super Smurf, for example Aeroplane be mindful that the parts are different in the Hong Kong and German versions. The most notable difference between the two is to do with the red wings as they have a different connection to the hull of the aeroplane. The Aeroplane can also be a little fragile so it is not something that I would recommend pulling apart.
The Aeroplane Super Smurf can be found with a pilot smurf wearing googles and a red scarf while flying a grey/silver aeroplane with red wings, with a spinning yellow propeller.
The German version can be found with or without markings on the hull of the aeroplane – W.Germany Schleich S © Peyo 1981. The German version of the aeroplane is a lighter grey colour and has slightly thinner red wings compared to the Hong Kong ones. The Pilot Smurf can also be found with different paint dots, mustard and red indicating that it was painted in Portugal and Sri Lanka. There is also a version with a Ce mark that I don’t yet have.
I have 2 versions of the Hong Kong made planes and smurfs, one with W. Berrie and one without. Both markings can be found on the smurf and on the hull of the aeroplane. Wallace Berrie sold Aeroplane only for two years, 1983 and 1984 in the USA and I am unsure if BP Australia ever sold the Aeroplane Super Smurf. The Hong Kong aeroplanes are a much darker grey almost silver like colour and typically the yellow colour is different between the propeller and wheels. My bet is that they used the same yellow wheels as used on the Car Driver Super Smurf.
There is a lot to like about Aeroplane no matter what age you are. For kids who like to play with their smurfs or for collectors who like to display their smurfs. So up in the air with Aeroplane Smurf!
Keep on Smurfin
Update: 28th March 2018
Today is a big day for smurf fans around the world, as Brussels Airlines have launched their new smurf designed A320, christened with the name of ‘Aerosmurf’